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Coral-Eclipse: All you need to know

| 02.07.2022
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Where and when is the Coral-Eclipse?

The race takes place every year in early July at Sandown Park. The Coral-Eclipse 2022 was on Saturday July 2 at 3.35pm.

What is the Coral-Eclipse?

The Group 1 flat race is open to horses aged three years and above. It is run over one mile, one furlong and 209 yards. Named after a legendary 18th-century racehorse called Eclipse, it has been run since 1886 and sponsored by Coral since 1976.

Coral-Eclipse news

Vadeni provided France with a rare winner of the Coral-Eclipse in a thrilling finish which saw the younger generation prevail. The French Derby winner was a first Sandown runner for French training great Jean-Claude Rouget and a first UK winner for his owner the Aga Khan since Harzand claimed the Derby in 2016.

Watch Vadeni’s magnificent performance from a unique angle.

Ross Brierley, Racing Post tipsters Paul Kealy and Tom Segal and Coral’s Simon Clare preview the race.

Connections of Bay Bridge know the magnitude of the task facing the colt as he bids to add a Group One success to his burgeoning CV in Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

Jean-Claude Rouget has never had a runner at Sandown Park, yet hopes Vadeni can give him a 100 per cent record at the Esher track and become the first French-trained winner of the Coral-Eclipse since Javelot in 1960.

There are six runners in Saturday’s showpiece at Sandown and we have run the rule over their chances in our Coral-Eclipse guide. It promises to be a fascinating renewal of the famous race and our pinstickers’ guide provides the lowdown on all the contenders before we give our betting tip for the likely winner.

Classic heroes Vadeni and Native Trail are among six runners declared for a fascinating renewal of the Coral-Eclipse. Jean-Claude Rouget’s Vadeni is a hot favourite for the midsummer showpiece following a brilliant display in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly at the start of June.

David Egan is relishing the prospect of being reunited with the globetrotting Mishriff on Saturday. The partnership enjoyed a magnificent campaign in 2021, claiming a huge international double with victories in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan and the Saudi Cup in Riyadh.

Darryll Holland feels Falbrav would rate as one of the best winners of the Coral-Eclipse in any era – but two decades later admits he is still smarting from the colt’s defeat in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Real World will miss Saturday’s race following a setback, trainer Saeed bin Suroor has revealed. Runner-up to Baaeed on his last two starts in Newbury’s Lockinge Stakes and in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, the Godolphin handler was preparing to step the five-year-old back up in trip for Sandown’s Group One feature.

Stone Age will sidestep the Coral-Eclipse in favour of a trip to America the following weekend. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Galileo colt was hugely impressive in winning a Navan maiden and the Derby Trial at Leopardstown on his first two starts of the season, but could finish only sixth in the Derby at Epsom.

It is green lights for go for Prix du Jockey Club hero Vadeni as he prepares to take on the best of British in a mouthwatering renewal of the Coral-Eclipse on Saturday. The Churchill colt is set to become trainer Jean-Claude Rouget’s first ever runner in the Sandown showpiece, having been supplemented on Monday at a cost of £50,000.

Saturday’s race looks set to be a star-studded affair, with French Derby winner Vadeni supplemented to take on Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Native Trail among a potential field of 11 high-class performers.

Tom Marquand has high hopes for a big run from Alenquer – with proven course form a definite plus. The William Haggas-trained colt announced himself as a talented performer when landing last season’s Sandown Classic Trial, where he had subsequent Derby and King George hero Adayar half a length back in second place.

Ever wondered what it’s like to ride in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown? Watch incredible Jockey Cam footage from Tom Marquand’s ride Addeybb in 2021 to find out.

Last season’s Derby and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes hero Adayar will miss the Coral-Eclipse and instead head straight to Ascot to defend his all-aged middle-distance crown.

St Mark’s Basilica put up a hugely impressive display to beat top-class older horses Addeybb and Mishriff.

Coral-Eclipse records

Five horses have won the race on more than one occasion; Orme, Buchan, Polyphontes, Mtoto and Halling.

Three trainers have enjoyed six wins in the race, with Aidan O’Brien reaching that mark in 2021 to join Alex Taylor Jnr and Sir Michael Stoute.

Lester Piggott is the top jockey in the race with seven wins, the last of which was on Artaius in 1977.

Coral-Eclipse winners

Five of the best victors of the race

Here is every winner of the race since Coral’s sponsorship began in 1976:

2022 – Vadeni

2021 – St Mark’s Basilica

2020 – Ghaiyyath

2019 – Enable

2018 – Roaring Lion

2017 – Ulysses

2016 – Hawkbill

2015 – Golden Horn

2014 – Mukhadram

2013 – Al Kazeem

2012 – Nathaniel

2011 – So You Think

2010 – Twice Over

2009 – Sea The Stars

2008 – Mount Nelson

2007 – Notnowcato

2006 – David Junior

2005 – Oratorio

2004 – Refuse To Bend

2003 – Falbrav

2002 – Hawk Wing

2001 – Medicean

2000 – Giant’s Causeway

1999 – Compton Admiral

1998 – Daylami

1997 – Pilsudski

1996 – Halling

1995 – Halling

1994 – Ezzoud

1993 – Opera House

1992 – Kooyonga

1991 – Environment Friend

1990 – Elmaamul

1989 – Nashwan

1988 – Mtoto

1987 – Mtoto

1986 – Dancing Brace

1985 – Pebbles

1984 – Sadler’s Wells

1983 – Solford

1982 – Kalaglow

1981 – Master Willie

1980 – Ela-Mana-Mou

1979 – Dickens Hill

1978 – Gunner B

1977 – Artaius

1976 – Wollow

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.